Friday, May 6, 2011

One Month To Win It - Week One Project Reveal

Thank you so much for voting for my project! I made it to week 2 and I'm so excited! Now that the voting for this week is over, I can share my project!

I loved this week's theme of "Preserving a Memory". When I first found out I was chosen and what the first theme was, my mind literally went BLANK. I couldn't think of a single memory I had ever had! I had crafter's block and I had it bad. I decided to leave my house and go visit my sister before I completely lost my mind. On the way to her house I started thinking about a family tree of some sort on wood. Then we went to an antique store because that's where my mind is happiest! There I found beautiful old windows and my crafter's block vanished. Yes, this was exactly what I needed to preserve my memory!  But instead of a family tree, it became a date tree for my husband and I. It's filled will all the important dates we've had so far and we have more leaves and limbs that we can add on for future dates. 

Here's how I made it. 

#1) I painted the opposite side of the window pane a beautiful blue gray. I did two coats, kept them imperfect so that you could see subtle brush strokes and light through the window pane. 

#2) I measured the window pane to see how large to make my vinyl tree. I found the center and marked it using a dry erase marker. 
#3) I designed the tree on SCAL and used my "baby bug" Cricut to cut it out. That's right ladies, I used the 6x12 inch Cricut to cut this huge tree out! It can be done! Just in sections. It really didn't take very long. 
#4) I added very very tiny dates and words to the branches, for example "First Kiss June 5, 2001" The hardest part of the  project was this step. Because the letters and numbers were so small, they were pretty hard to cut out and place on the glass but it was worth it!

I am thrilled with how it turned out and how easy it was! It's something I will keep forever and can't wait to add more dates to it!

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  1. Very cute! I am in desperate need of finding an old window like this!

  2. Congratulations Lois!!! I can hardly wait to see your next project.

  3. I so love this project! And I'm so glad you so not surprised that you made it through the week!

  4. Oh I love this I want one! So going to have to try this out!

  5. I think this is one of the most unique and creative ideas ever. :)

  6. love this craft!! i want to make one too.
    And how super special for you and your husband to share.

  7. LOVE! Featured this/you on the Weekly Blend over the weekend. (Sorry I have been remiss in notifying you sooner.)


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